Illinois Mobile Camp

This Mobile Music Camp is for the Arthur, Illinois community. Questions? Please contact Vernon Kuhns (vckuhns@gmail.com).

When

April 16 – 21, 2018

Where

Pleasant View Church & School

Arthur, Illinois

Classes & Choirs offered

The following classes and choirs are offered at the Illinois Mobile Camp:

  • Rudiments 1 & 2
  • Sight Singing 1 & 2
  • Leading Congregational Worship
  • One Adult Choir
  • Three Children’s Choirs
    • Grades K-2
    • Grades 3-6
    • Grades 7-12
  • Children’s Musical Skills 1-3 (according to grade groups above)

On Monday – Wednesday evenings, there will be chapel and workshop sessions. To view or download the daily schedule, click the link below.

Illinois Mobile Camp Schedule

What Rudiments Class should I take?

 

It’s important that you get in the right level of Rudiments, so you are neither bored nor overwhelmed. Below is an overview of what is taught at each level.

 

Rudiments 1

  • Treble and bass clefs; note names and pitches
  • Grand staff
  • Ledger lines
  • Note values (Sixteenth, eighth, quarter, dotted half, etc.)
  • Rests
  • Musical markings: dynamics, tempo, repeats
  • Flats, sharps, and naturals
  • Time signatures, including 2/4, 3/4, 4/4

Rudiments 2

  • Whole and half steps
  • Major scales
  • Key signatures
  • Chromatic scale
  • Compound time (3/8, 6/8 etc)
  • DC, DS, coda, fine

If you sign up for Rudiments 2, you will receive a placement test to make sure you are in the right class.

What Sight Singing Class should I take?

 

Sight Singing teaches music reading skills through the demonstration and practice of methods and patterns necessary to read pitches and rhythms at sight. Students learn various tips to help in sight reading, and have opportunities to practice skills through class exercises. It’s important that you get in the right level of Sight Singing, so you are neither bored nor overwhelmed. Below is an overview of what is taught at each level.

 

Sight-Singing 1

  • Learn to understand and use musical symbols, key signatures, meter signatures, dynamic and road map markings.
  • Build proficiency in identifying names of round notes, in both treble and bass clefs.
  • Work on reading rhythms comprised of eighth, quarter, half, and whole notes/rests
  • Learn the basic major scale, with a basic knowledge of hand signs, as well as understand the keys of C and G Major
  • Read and sing in solfege in the keys of C and G Major on the treble or bass staff, using round notes.

Sight-singing 2

  • Count and clap rhythms with any combination of half, quarter, and eight notes.
  • Learn to find any starting pitch when given the key or DO.
  • Learn to correctly sing a new song that is at least eight measures long, has few leaps or accidentals, and has note values of an eighth note or longer.

Signing up for Sight-Singing 2 may require taking a placement test to ensure it’s the right fit for you.

What is the dress code?

How do I sign up for Illinois Mobile Camp?

To sign up for camp, click here.

Meet your Instructors

Franklin Miller

Franklin Miller

Bolivar, Ohio

Franklin and his wife, Brittany, live in Bolivar, Ohio. They love to travel, sample quality food, and make new friends. Franklin graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Music from Kent State University where he served as the assistant for Kent Chorus. Since 2007, Franklin has been the conductor of Minerva Community Choir which has toured internationally, and has guest conducted Kent State Chorus and Oasis Chorale. He is currently teaching music at Maranatha Christian School in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Minerva Christian School and with a homeschool group in Minerva, OH. As chorister, he has served with Kent Presbyterian Church Choir, Sonnenberg Station, Canton Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Hope Singers, and Oasis Chorale. Franklin strives to bring life and energy to the music making process with the firm belief that music should be dynamic!

Gwendolyn Good

Gwendolyn Good

Evington, VA

Gwendolyn is the mother of two teenage boys and is a part of Bethel Mennonite Church in Gladys, VA. She works from home giving private music lessons, writing and recording music (www.singthekjv.org) and making pottery (www.kjvpottery.com). Gwendolyn graduated from Cedarville University with a BA in piano performance and BME in music education. She received an MS degree from Longwood University and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Virginia in Administration and Supervision. Gwendolyn served in the Virginia public school system for eleven years: five as a music teacher grades preK-8 and six years as an assistant principal, grades ranging from 5-12. In 2003, Gwendolyn returned to music, composing songs out of personal pain and brokenness in her life under the pseudonym Tirzah Joy (“Tears of Joy”). Her passion is that all may find the peace that comes from surrendering their lives fully to our loving Lord. It is impossible to trust Him too much!

Wendell Nisly

Wendell Nisly

Harrisonburg, VA

Wendell grew up on the plains of Kansas in a singing family and in a singing church. His first formal musical training was at Wichita State University, where he completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree. After teaching and conducting for a number years, he moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia to complete a Masters in Choral Conducting at James Madison University.  He still lives in Virginia with his wife, Jeanene, who is a key asset in his musical and teaching career. She is an invaluable team member as they work together to juggle the various duties of teaching and conducting.